An in-person immersive journalism class pivots to online learning with the support of MSU’s Digital Scholarship Lab
During the 2020 fall semester, Michigan State University’s first in-person immersive journalism class was forced to move online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students found resource ways to create meaningful mini-documentaries for the 360-degree theater located in the MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab. The lab’s director Terence O’Neil, and the transformative technology coordinator, Paul Cooper, Jr., devised a scheduling system and safety protocols that allowed students to work in-person there. Students were given access to the lab’s powerful computers, software and support staff and could also preview their work in the nearby 360-degree theater. One example of the films produced in this way is, “Dream Today,” by Rachel Hitchcock.